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Les Tornados pictured outside the Paris Olympia, in April 1963. They were top of the bill at this famous theatre. Left to right; Clem Cattini, Heinz Burt, Roger LaVern, Alan Caddy and George Bellamy


Clem Cattini is a legend in drumming terms. He has appeared on these 43 number one hit singles

1/ "Shaking All Over" Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, 2/ "Well I Ask You" Eden Kane, 3/ "Come Outside" Mike Sarne, 4/ "Telstar" The Tornados, 5/ "Diane" The Bachelors, 6/ "You Really Got Me" The Kinks, 7/ "Make It Easy On Yourself" The Walker Brothers, 8/ "Tears" Ken Dodd, 9/ "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" The Walker Brothers, 10/ "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" Dusty Springfield, 11/ "Out Of Time" Chris Farlowe, 12/ "Green Green Grass Of Home" Tom Jones, 13/ "Release Me" Engelbert Humperdinck, 14/ "The Last Waltz" Engelbert Humperdinck, 15/ "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde" Georgie Fame, 16/ "Everlasting Love" The Love Affair, 17/ "Cinderella Rockefella" Esther & Abi Ofarim, 18/ "I Pretend" Des O'Connor, 19/ "Where Do You Go To My Lovely" Peter Sarstedt, 20/ "Something In The Air" Thunderclap Newman, 21/ "Two Little Boys" Rolf Harris, 22/ "Love Grows" Edison Lighthouse, 23/ "Yellow River" Christie, 24/ "Hot Love" T. Rex, 25/ "Grandad" Clive Dunn, 26/ "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" Middle Of The Road, 27/ "Get It On" T. Rex, 28/ "Ernie" Benny Hill, 29/ "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" New Seekers, 30/ "Telegram Sam" T.Rex, 31/ "Son Of My Father" Chicory Tip, 32/ "Welcome Home" Peters & Lee, 33/ "Jealous Mind" Alvin Stardust, 34/ "When Will I See You Again" Three Degrees, 35/ "Whispering Grass" Windsor Davies & Don Estelle, 36/ "Give A Little Love" Bay City Rollers, 37/ "Barbados" Typically Tropical, 38/ "No Charge" J.J Barrie, 39/ "So You Win Again" Hot Chocolate, 40/ "Angelo" Brotherhood Of Man, 41/ "Figaro" Brotherhood Of Man, 42/ "Save Your Love" Renee & Renato, 43/ "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo" Tony Christie ft Peter Kaye.


Clem pictured enjoying a Guinness in London Colney with Colin Frechter and Dave Barber on Monday 15Sep03.


Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan

Funny I should be asked about "Hurdy Gurdy Man". I spoke to John Paul Jones who played bass on it and was the MD. The guitar player was Alan Parker. American Web sites say that John Bonham and Jimmy Page played on it. This is absolute Bullshit as JPJ said. This is the e-mail sent BY JPJ.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

I have been contacted by Clem Cattini with regard to Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy Man
I would like to confirm that the musicians on the record were as follows

Donovan Accoustic Guitar
John Paul Jones Arrangement/Musical Director and Bass Guitar
Alan Parker Lead (electric) Guitar
Clem Cattini Drums

No other musicians were involved in this session
The session was produced by Mickie Most and engineered by Eddie Kramer.

John Paul Jones
London 05/2005


News 

On Thursday 29 August 2003 Clem provided the music for the Vodafone Variety Club Three Day Golf Championship at Wentworth Golf Club, Sunningdale. Also with drummer Clem Cattini were Colin Frechter on keyboards and Colin Farley (Cutting Crew) on bass guitar. They also provided the musical backing for cabaret comedian Tom O'Connor. Over 31,000 was raised at the event, with many celebrities in the audience, including; Henry Cooper, Gary Lineker, Jimmy Hill, John Conte and Jimmy Tarbuck.

Clem is a keen Arsenal Football Club supporter and season ticket holder. He is also working at the Arsenal Football Club's London Colney training ground with the youth team.

More news soon.


Clem pictured with Colin Frechter enjoying a glass of Guinness in London Colney on Monday 15Sep03.

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A Humorous Story From Clem

Boredom leads to a change of name

In 1958 when touring Scotland as Billy Fury's backing group, "The Beat Boys", the lads did something that resulted in a change of name for their band.

Kenny Packwood (Lead Guitar), Georgie Fame (Piano), Brian Gregg (Bass) and Clem Cattini (Drums), one cold afternoon when they were sat in the group van and had nothing to do, decided to pass the time by lighting one another's farts.  

 

One can only imagine that scene, and the loud laughter, as each musician in turn tried to out-do the others. As it was a cold day, their wind, when ignited, was blue in colour. As a consequence, from that time onward, they started to call themselves, "The Blue Flames". A name that Georgie Fame obviously liked a lot. He used it for his own backing group in the sixties.

 

 

 

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